For designers, Sketch is a breath of fresh air.
Unlike Photoshop or Illustrator, Sketch was built from the ground up for modern digital UI and UX design. With its support for symbols and ease of use working with pixels, vector graphics and more, Sketch was made with the 21st century digital designer in mind.
One of Sketch’s most attractive features is its support for symbols. Sketch lets users create a single master file for individual symbols that, when altered, changes each appearance of that symbol. Want to change all of your toolbars or navigation menus, without having to do so manually throughout dozens of different pages? Done. Sketch also lets you embed your symbols within other symbols, so if you need to change the text on an icon that appears in multiple toolbars, for example, you’re free to do so.
But until recently, there was no way to share symbols between users, or between Sketch files. You could only copy and paste symbols from a sketch file to another. This created inefficiencies for large organizations that needed a way to smoothly share their symbols between team members or departments.
To solve this problem, companies began creating their own “style guides” that contained a copy of all of their symbols in a single Sketch file. Every time a designer needed to create a new set of mocks, she would open the style guide and copy the symbols into her new file. But this creates a lot of concerns, including how to securely share the style guide between geographically separated teams, and how to deal with updated style guides for projects that had already copied them out of the templates.
How can teams securely collaborate on large Sketch projects while ensuring they are using the most up-to-date symbols?
Enter Evolphin Zoom
Evolphin has announced the release of their Sketch plugin for the Zoom Media Asset Management (MAM) platform. The Zoom Sketch plugin looks and functions just like the Zoom Adobe plugins. This means that teams have access to MAM search, sync and ingestion from within Sketch. You can add assets from your co-workers quickly to your project without having to leave the app. It also lets you collaborate securely from within the MAM, so any user with Zoom can view and comment on your Sketch projects, even if they don’t have access to Sketch itself.
But perhaps the most essential feature of the Sketch plugin is its ability to convert a page into a symbol library. The symbol library can be accessed from the Zoom plugin window directly in Sketch, and automatically syncs across users. The symbol library ensures all Sketch projects are using the most up-to-date symbols. Teams around the globe can rest assured they are working with the latest designs and symbols, without needing to manually check a style guide.
As with all Zoom integrations, the Sketch plugin is built with the enterprise in mind, and has already been stress tested by hundreds of designers working on projects of over three hundred pages. Best of all, the Sketch plugin for Zoom keeps all your assets in the MAM ecosystem, so security and regulatory compliance are never a concern.
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